Small-Scale Grant Award



1. Proposal Narrative: (Not to exceed FOUR pages). 
In addition to the four page limit, please include this Application Form (PDF) with your proposal narrative. 

a. Clearly describe the nature, goals, and impact of the proposed research, educational, operation, or outreach initiative.
b. Include detailed plans/schedule for accomplishing proposed goals.
c. Convey the significance of the proposed activity, particularly how it enhances research, education, or practice in environmental sustainability.
d. Designate if student support is requested and, if so, describe what tasks they will be completing 
e. State the estimated number of people you intend to reach.
f. State your means of acquiring publicity for the event and the steps you have already taken for advertising.
g. How does your event address the four SSI themes: Healthy Communities, Waste Prevention and Reduction, Climate Action, and Community Awareness?

2. Completed Budget
Please fill out and upload this budget form, which must include a list of itemized expenditures – e.g. student pay, supplies and materials, travel costs for seminar speakers, etc. (NOTE: This program can NOT support expenditures for computers, equipment, and/or faculty salaries.)  Must also indicate any non-Graham support that may be either pending (P) or confirmed (C).

3. Budget Justification: (Not to exceed ONE page) Must include:
a. Detailed description of cost estimates (and how they were derived).
b. Explanation of why expenditures are necessary.
c. Reasoning for soliciting support from the Graham Institute (how related).
d. Student details (if applicable), e.g. name, nature of work, percentage of appointment, amount requested, proposed time period of support, etc.

4. Information About Initiative Leadership and Team: (ONE page, plus one resume)
a. One paragraph describing the capabilities and commitment of the person leading the initiative plus their resume.
b. One paragraph describing the capabilities and commitment of other key players.

Application Review
Student applications will be reviewed by board members of the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI). Faculty/staff applications will be reviewed by the Graham Institute's Leadership Team. (NOTE: Faculty, staff, and students employed by the Graham Institute are not eligible to apply for Graham Institute funding.) Please allow 2-4 weeks for a decision announcement.

Small Scale Grant Recipient Requirements
Those who receive funds must submit photos to and tag @UM_SSI on social media throughout the development and upon completion of projects/events. Additionally, team leaders must submit a one-paragraph write-up about the completed project to


Graham Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
At the Graham Sustainability Institute, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our mission of engaging, empowering, and supporting faculty, staff, and students to foster sustainability solutions includes ensuring that each member of our community thrives. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to individual empowerment, and the advancement of sustainability knowledge, learning and leadership. See: